“This is my blog. You’re welcome to it.”



Bienvenue, bienvenidos, bem vindo, boa vinda, benvenuto, willkommen, välkommen, fáilte/fàilte, witajcie, dobrodošli, dobro došli, witaj, vítejte, oş geldeniz, καλώς ορίσατε, добро пожаловать, Ласкаво просимо, 歓迎, 歡迎, 환영 ようこそ….


I spend all my working day in front of this computer in my office at home (I know, sad, sad, sad) so blogging and reading the comments are great ways to feel connected to the world outside. 

So far, people from 131 different countries and territories have visited the blog. I’m truly astonished and delighted about that.

Guatemala was the hundredth – ¡Bienvenido, visitante guatemalteco/chapin!

Bosnia/Herzegovina was the one hundred and fourth. Dobro došli!

Nepal was the one hundred and fifth. नेपाल पर्यटन वर्ष २०११ सफल पारौं (I hope that means ‘Welcome’ in Nepalese)

Palestine was the one hundred and eighth. Merhaba (?) Please tell me if that’s right…

The Bahamas appear(s) to be the one hundred and tenth. Hello and welcome…

Latest places to register visitors: Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Macau, the Virgin Islands, Aruba, Lebanon, Tunisia, Cambodia, Oman, the Cape Verde Islands, Martinique and Niger.

If you would like me to add the word for ‘welcome’ in your language to the list above, leave me a note…

PS  “This is my blog. You’re welcome to it.” is a re-working of a sign I saw at Zagreb Airport the first time I visited Yugoslavia. The sign said: “This is Yugoslavia. You are welcome to it.” For anyone uncertain how to interpret that, in British English at least, “You’re welcome to it” gives the impression that you don’t want something any more and you want someone to take it away.

PPS  If you haven’t seen the fun Pecha Kucha night at TESOL France in Paris last month, go visit Shelly Terrell’s youtube page: http://tinyurl.com/yeyf3td. Giving a PK presentation that night were Lindsay Clandfield, Burcu Akyol, Penny Ur, Jamie Keddie and Gavin Dudeney. If you don’t know anything about the Pecha Kucha presentation system, make sure you watch Lindsay’s PK first.

27 thoughts on ““This is my blog. You’re welcome to it.”

  1. Magnus Ericsson Says:
    October 26, 2009 at 10.34 PM edit

    Hello Ken,

    well, I found your blog when I searched for ‘Bush Canteen’, which is a place where I had a wonderful meal in Accra Ghana. This clearly wasn’t what I’m looking for but your blog looks very interesting. Keep up the good work.

    Ken Wilson Says:
    October 27, 2009 at 7:26 AM edit

    this is the most bonkers comment I ever received – SO pleased you found my blog by mistake, and I will definitely check yours out too.

    Editor’s explanation – googling Bush Canteen obviously brought Magnus to the post about the BBC canteen at Bush House in London. A story from the Second World War which involves the King of Norway and a remarkable doorman called Reg. Well worth a visit if you haven’t read it.

    Magnus Ericsson Says:
    October 27, 2009 at 8:14 AM edit
    Yeah, I try to start every update of my blog with a parenthesis in english but apart from that I guess that Google Translate can do you some good [if you don’t know Swedish, that is – which I suspect that only Swedes and like 0.5% else does].

    And I have to say I’m pleased to having found your blog too – it’s now one of the ones I have listed in my Google Reader so you can count on getting some comments from me from time to time.

    Today it’s about 30 degrees outside and cloudy, but it’s only a quarter past eight in the morning so there’s still plenty of time for it to be a “good” day.

    See you!


    Janet Bianchini Says:
    October 26, 2009 at 6:27 PM edit
    Hi Ken

    It’s Janet now back in Abruzzo after 4 weeks in the UK. I’ve been busy picking olives today and still loads more to pick! I really enjoy this yearly ritual. Then finished off the day with typical Abruzzesi “arrosticini” (like mini kebabs) eaten al fresco. The weather has been fab today.

    Look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Ken Wilson Says:
    October 27, 2009 at 7:28 AM edit
    Thanks Janet! I’d love this guest book to become a kind of slice-of-life record of where people are and what they’re doing. A kind of more permanent version of twitter

    Darren Elliott Says:
    October 27, 2009 at 4:34 AM edit
    ようこそ (yo-koso) is welcome in Japanese, if that’s any use to you. I’m sitting in my office too, teaching finished for the day (only morning classes) waiting for our weekly meeting. After that, I’m going home to play with the kids.

    I came across your site via your comments elsewhere. I’m well disposed to you because I saw you present at the JALT conference in Tokyo when I was feeling tired after lunch and a heavy plenary. It was fun and invigorating and ever since I’ve always recommended you to others ;D

    Ken Wilson Says:
    October 27, 2009 at 7:27 AM edit
    Thanks, Darren, that endorsement means a lot to me, because someone accused me of telling too many jokes after my first JALT talk two years ago. Like you, I need to find something a little light-hearted after plenaries and lunch (or both).

    Carol Goodey Says:
    October 27, 2009 at 7:31 PM edit
    What a lovely idea this is, Ken.

    ‘Fáilte’ is welcome in Irish which is the language I had to learn in school. Unfortunately, having to learn the language meant that I had no interest in getting beyond writing essays which started “I got up early…” (D’eirigh me go luath…). Only when I lived out of the country, soon after leaving school, did I wish that I had learnt it better as it would give us a language to speak that was more ‘ours’.

    I’m now living in Scotland, the country of my birth if not upbringing, where, from a quick google search, welcome in Scots Gaelic is ‘Fàilte’.


    BTW, I’m so happy you’re blogging! This is one blog I always find time to read! Thanks for all the interesting, enjoyable, and useful posts.

    Ken Wilson Says:
    October 28, 2009 at 7:46 AM edit
    Hi Carol – ‘Fáilte’ in Irish and ‘Fàilte’ in Scots? A change of accent is all??? What’s the story behind THAT?

    Carol Goodey Says:
    October 28, 2009 at 5:18 PM edit
    Irish and Scottish Gaelic are quite similar so I’m not so surprised at how little difference there is, but I am curious about the change in accent, but no time to look it up or find out more just now… However, it does give you two more words for ‘welcome’

    Anita Says:
    October 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM edit
    Hi Ken!

    Witaj or Witajcie would be a proper welcome in Polish and Hoş Geldeniz in Turkish

    Inspired by Lindsay Clandfield in Budapest I’ve just started my own blog but I guess it’s going to take years before it starts resembling yours

    In case you don’t recall, I’m the girl who likes your ideas about drama and whose ideas about face painting you like.
    Hope to see you performing soon, would be nice if you let us know where

    Greetings from Istanbul,


    Ken Wilson Says:
    October 28, 2009 at 3:32 PM edit
    Thanks, Anita – your blog has been added to my blogroll. I hope you get lots of visits!

    Ken Wilson Says:
    October 28, 2009 at 3:42 PM edit
    Anita, to answer your question, my next visit to Istanbul will be in February next year. Details nearer the time!

    Anita Says:
    October 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM edit

    I’ll come with a bunch of friends expecting lots of fun!

    Alan Tait Says:
    October 29, 2009 at 3:39 PM edit
    Dear Ken,

    Great to see you blogging. (Here in Galicia, it’s ‘Benvido’ BTW. – And I’ve been picking mushrooms BTW too – buckets of porcini

    You know how you used to sell ‘English Sketches’? And then they appeared FREE on onestopenglish? And then they disappeared before I could download them? And now you’re letting us have some free sketches here? Will we be able to get at them? I’m lost without them


    Alan, Santiago.

    Ken Wilson Says:
    October 29, 2009 at 4:27 PM edit
    Hi Alan,

    interesting to know that so many people out there read blogs after picking olives and/or mushrooms

    re English Sketches

    well, you’re one step ahead of me there – I didn’t know that they had been on onestopenglish, nor that they had been taken down.

    I wonder why they did that. I certainly have no problem with them being free there – we were pretty lucky to see them still in print in some cases 30 years after they were written.

    re the sketches here on my blog. You can access them for free by visiting box.net, the blue widget on the right of my homepage.

    There are about 5 sketches there, and they are the ones that I had on my computer because I had typed them up in order to use them in workshops.

    To put the others up means typing them – and I will do that when I get a bit more time. As I explained in this blogpost, I’m working as fast as I can to meet some writing deadlines, and the publishers are being very patient with me.

    Hope I get to visit you guys in Galicia again – great part of the world.

    1. Muchas gracias, Marisela – y bienvenida – en tu blog, puedes explicar como una latina como tu vive en Kansas 🙂

  2. Hello Ken!
    Best wishes from Ukraine! Your blog is a great idea!
    Ласкаво просимо is welcome in Ukrainian.

    Best wishes.

  3. Hi Ken! All the best to you on your blog. I am Greek-Canadian so I can tell you that “υποδοχή” is the noun for “welcome” and “καλώς όρισες” (welcome to you in the singular) or “καλώς ορίσατε” (welcome to you in the plural or formal). But it’s ok, you gave us a warm “υποδοχή” to your blog! Thank you!

  4. Hello Ken,
    I am a teacher from Romania.I have taken part in your Macmillan conferences here many times (Bucharest, Brasov).Very useful and motivating for me!
    I have a question, if you can help me:I want to get a diploma /certificate for TESOL/TEFL/DELTA to be able to teach English abroad, too.
    For this I am looking for a serious,online TESOL or TEFL course.Maybe you can help me with some suggestions.I have searched among many tempting teaching sites but I am not sure which one to choose.I can’t afford studying in London at Trinity College.

    1. Hi Emilia,

      I’m afraid i don’t know anything about training courses but I probably know someone who does.

      Are you on twitter? If so, you can write this question there. If you like, I can re-tweet it to the other twitter people who know more about training courses than I do.

      If you aren’t on twitter, you should be – very good place for professional development, If you follow me there – kenwilsonlondon – i can forward your question about courses to 500 other people.

  5. “Huan-ying” is how they say Welcome in Mandarin Chinese. The two Chinese characters are 歡迎.

    I’m an American teacher (born in Texas) living in Taoyuan, Taiwan. I’m really like your blog, especially the improvisation activities. I’m looking forward to getting your book, Drama and Improvisation, and using some of the activities with my university classes.

    1. Hi Hall!

      I don’t know if you’re likely to come back to this, but I’ve just realised that I didn’t thank you for your comment. Very remiss of me!

      Hope that you have gotten a copy of Drama and Improvisation and that you find it useful.

  6. Hi Ken,

    I’ve been following the blog for a while now. It’s always a nice read. My contribution would be “bem vindo”, which is welcome in Brazilian Portuguese.


    Henrick Oprea

  7. Hi Ken – I came here from Burcu’s blog, and very am very pleased to find you. Is it just me, or do you not have an RSS on your pages ? (I can’t find it) That’s what I took on-board just after the TESOL-France meeting – the importance of getting my RSS feed in working order so as to stop being lost in cyber space (I’m still keeping my blog confidential though, because I post once every 6 months :-)) With age comes administrative responsibilities in the National Ed system…. that’s why I can’t find time to post as I would like to – and maybe one of the reasons that Nat Ed has difficulty evolving.

    1. Hi Elizabeth Anne…

      I only heard about RSS feeds at TESOL France. Burcu is actually one of my brilliant blog-advisers, so I will ask her to help me sort that one out. In the meantime, thank you for your many and various comments so far.

  8. Hi Ken,
    “Bun venit!”(Welcome in Romanian) I think you already know this.
    Please, don’t forget to retweet my request regarding my interest in searching for a good online TESOL/TEFL/DELTA course.

  9. Hello Ken,
    all the best to you and your blog from Czech Republic.
    In czech welcome is ” vítejte” 🙂

    Please, if you know Mark Andrews, send me his email or send him note about me, I knew him 20 years ago and I will be so happy to contact him.
    Thank you.

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